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More Than 100 Members of Congress Support Pro-Local Radio Resolution
Fifteen House Members added as co-sponsors of Local Radio Freedom Act in last day
A bipartisan group of 15 Representatives signed on yesterday as co-sponsors of a resolution that opposes "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) now has 109 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives.
Reps. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) are the principal sponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act (H. Con. Res. 17) in the House of Representatives. Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are the principal sponsors of the companion resolution (S. Con. Res. 4) in the Senate.
"Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings," reads the Local Radio Freedom Act.
The 109 House cosponsors of the Local Radio Freedom Act include (new co-sponsors in bold):
Ralph Abraham (LA-5)
Joe Barton (TX-6)
Dan Benishek (MI-1) Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) Sanford Bishop (GA-2) Rod Blum (IA-1)
G.K. Butterfield (NC-1) Bradley Byrne (AL-1)
Ken Calvert (CA-42) Michael Capuano (MA-7) Steve Chabot (OH-1)
Mike Coffman (CO-6) Tom Cole (OK-4)
Chris Collins (NY-27)
Michael Conaway (TX-11)
Paul Cook (CA-8)
Joe Courtney (CT-2)
Kevin Cramer (ND-AL) Rick Crawford (AR-1)
Ander Crenshaw (FL-4)
Rodney Davis (IL-13) Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Charles Dent (PA-15) Sean Duffy (WI-7) John Duncan (TN-2)
Renee Ellmers (NC-2)
Blake Farenthold (TX-27) Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-8)
Bill Flores (TX-17)
Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1)
Virginia Foxx (NC-5)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Bob Gibbs (OH-7)
Christopher Gibson (NY-19) Paul Gosar (AZ-4) Kay Granger (TX-12) Sam Graves (MO-6)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Andy Harris (MD-1)
Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) Alcee Hastings (FL-20)
Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) Richard Hudson (NC-8)
Randy Hultgren (IL-14) Will Hurd (TX-23)
Robert Hurt (VA-5) Lynn Jenkins (KS-2)
David Jolly (FL-13)
Jim Jordan (OH-4) David Joyce (OH-14)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) William Keating (MA-9)
Ron Kind (WI-3)
Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1)
John Kline (MN-2)
Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2) Doug LaMalfa (CA-1)
Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
David Loebsack (IA-2)
Billy Long (MO-7)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL) Stephen Lynch (MA-8) Thomas Massie (KY-4) Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5)
David McKinley (WV-1)
Luke Messer (IN-6) Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) Mick Mulvaney (SC-5)
Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) Kristi Noem (SD-AL) Devin Nunes (CA-22)
Stevan Pearce (NM-2) Robert Pittenger (NC-9) Ted Poe (TX-2) Mike Pompeo (KS-4)
Charles Rangel (NY-13)
James Renacci (OH-16)
Harold Rogers (KY-5)
Mike Rogers (AL-3) Todd Rokita (IN-4) Peter Roskam (IL-6)
Dennis Ross (FL-15)
Edward Royce (CA-39) Paul Ryan (WI-1)
Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Matt Salmon (AZ-5)
John Sarbanes (MD-3)
Kurt Schrader (OR-5)
David Scott (GA-13) Pete Sessions (TX-32) Michael Simpson (ID-2) Steve Stivers (OH-15)
Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
Patrick Tiberi (OH-12)
Michael Turner (OH-10)
Marc Veasey (TX-33) Peter Visclosky (IN-1)
Tim Walberg (MI-7) Greg Walden (OR-2) Bruce Westerman (AR-4)
Ed Whitfield (KY-1)
Frederica Wilson (FL-24)
Joe Wilson (SC-2) Steve Womack (AR-3)
Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
Don Young (AK-AL) Ryan Zinke (MT-AL)
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